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  • How is BedKind good for my soil?

    July 23 2018 | Insight

    BedKind composts much more quickly than other kinds of animal bedding, but to delve into the science of how it’s good for soil, we sent off a muck-heap sample for analysis.

    Like people, plants need food and water in order to survive. They feed on the nutrients present in the soil that they grow in, and different nutrients are good for different types of crops.

    BedKind is great for a compost heap because it breaks down quickly, and contains a lot of the nutrients important for crops. But we wanted to know the benefits it had on soil quality, so we sent off a sample of a muck-heap where BedKind had been composting for a detailed analysis.

    Our mineral breakdown shows that using cardboard has great advantages in an organic farming system. For arable crops, compost – such as BedKind and horse manure – will supply a lot of key major and micro nutrients, which can be used by a crop through its growing season.

    BedKind is also great for supporting soil water retention, as well as for boosting the area’s soil biodiversity and the organic matter within the soil, which encourages the microbiological activity that supports crops as they grow.

    In fact, the laboratory that carried out the tests said:

    “BedKind cardboard bedding used in organic crop production will help farmers in suppressing weeds, retaining moisture, and adding organic matter to the soil.”

    It also offers a significant financial benefit to farmers. You can apply around 60 tonnes per hectare of BedKind before exceeding the limits of a Nitrogen Vulnerable Zone, which means you could save over £250 per hectare if you use BedKind instead of other fertilisers.

    If you have any other questions about how BedKind can improve your compost, soil, or crops, please get in touch by using our handy contact form, giving us a quick call on 01234 862169, or emailing us via info@bedkind.co.uk.

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